How to Test Internet Connection Speed

How to Test Internet Connection Speed. Testing Internet speeds is an easy way to know what to expect from your connection and to diagnose problems with your service. Here's how to do it.

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Check what your connection speed is supposed to be according to your Internet service provider. There should be speeds for download and upload. The numbers from your ISP are probably higher than you will actually get, but this will give you an idea as to what your speeds should be.

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Close all applications that use Internet bandwidth. This will help give you the most accurate result of your Internet speed.

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Find a website that will allow you to test your Internet connection speed. Conduct a search for "test Internet speed." Speakeasy's speed test and speedtest.net offer speed tests. The results may vary from different sites, so check multiple sites for a mean result.

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Test your speed and record the results. Most of the online speed tests take only a few seconds.

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Verify the results against what your ISP says your speeds should be. Contact your ISP if there is a discrepancy.